It's all in the point system. May 27, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I scored major boyfriend points yesterday, and since I have little else of interest to say today I will share this little tale with you fine folks.

My girlfriend's iPod broke a few months ago. I was going to get her a new one for her birthday but money was a little tight at the time. Then, as luck would have it, I got one of those membership rewards catalogs you get from putting a crap-ton of money on your credit card (and paying it back, obviously). Anyway, over the years I'd accumulated quite a number of points after spending quite a bit of money on getting quite a number of books printed. I flipped through the catalog and found it. A pink iPod Nano. Really, really pink. It was perfect.

I must confess it was a little difficult giving up all those points after eyeballing all of the toys I could've gotten for myself, but with any luck I'll accumulate more in a few years after spending even more money (and hopefully repaying it). Some of those iPod docks were so pretty.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and I'll see you at A-KON!
Blech! May 26, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I wasn't kidding when I said last Thursday was a rough day for yours truly. That was when I worked on last Friday's comic and let a glaringly bad spelling error into the strip. Normally I'm content to let these things slip, but misspelling "orcs" as "ors" was too big (and too stupid) to ignore. So I went ahead and fixed it. It only took me a couple of days to do it, too. Sheesh.

As for today's comic, well, I hope you folks find Adrak's face as gross as I could manage. I really like it when characters hide their faces behind masks and cowls because there's something horrible underneath. Granted about only half of the characters around here who've worn masks fit that criteria, but I still like a good "blech!" revelation when someone removes a mask. That, and I hope it furthers the parallels between Donovan and Thuen Gor in terms of their children.

Don't forget that THE BATTLE FOR BARTHIS is now in-stock and officially up for sale in the store!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Just a little delirious. May 25, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Anime Boston was awesome but it has left me effectively numb from the neck up. I'm honestly surprised I was able to get today's comic done after the annual craziness of this immense convention.

I should have pictures up before I head off to A-KON this weekend, but if I don't I will just combine two cons worth of pictures and do one big post.

I'll have links to fine folks and a more coherent news post up tomorrow. Today I'm going to recover from AB, enjoy a day off with my girlfriend, and gear up for A-KON.

Oh, and THE BATTLE FOR BARTHIS had a great debut this weekend. It is now up for sale in the store. I do hope you folks give it a look-see and approve of it.

And finally, as a small reward to myself for having a great weekend, I secured a copy of Punch Out for the Wii, and I have to tell you that the place in my heart that I've held for Glass Joe just got a little cozier.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
A convention in my home territory. Aah. May 22, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I had such a hectic, scatterbrained day yesterday that I wonder how I'll look when I get to Anime Boston today.

All in all, despite my craziness and hair-pulling stress I was able to get all the books out for those of you who pre-ordered THE BATTLE FOR BARTHIS. However, I do ask your forgiveness if I failed to sign your copy to the specific person you requested, to the wrong person, or just forgot to sign it altogether. It was a long day.

In any case, I am at Anime Boston this weekend. Like I said, I'll be in the Dealer's Room at the ConnectiCon table, hanging out with the folks there, selling swag and helping them promote their very awesome convention. Come by and say "hi!" You'll get to see how I'll look after the day I had yesterday.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Four score and seven years ago. May 21, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Seven years ago today I was a year out of college and still trying to write the next great fantasy novel. Seven years ago today I was waiting tables at a Boston jazz club and becoming convinced that smooth jazz does more damage to one's ears than heavy metal. Seven years ago today I was trying to figure out what the hell to do with the rest of my life.

I had no idea that seven years ago today, when the very first strip of Dominic Deegan went online at Keenspace, that I would be one of the luckiest, most blessed nerds in the world and I have each and every one of you to thank for making the last seven years the greatest of my life.

And thanks for turning me away from working on that novel. It was awful. Really, really awful. Only two people ever got through the whole thing. Even one of my parents couldn't get past the first ten pages.

Anyway, Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire is seven years old today. You're all the greatest readers in the world and I hope I've done my best to let you all know how grateful I am.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Books rock! May 20, 2009 Posted by Mookie
THE BATTLE FOR BARTHIS arrived at Mookie Headquarters yesterday, and I'm very happy with the way the fourth volume looks. I'm going to spending the next few days leading up to Anime Boston sending out the pre-orders. The books will be making their "debut" at the convention, and will officially go on sale in the Seer's Catalog next week.

On a completely unrelated note, I finally beat Professor Layton & The Curious Village last night and it was one of the coolest, smartest, most stylish and charming games I've played in a long time. I may have played it too much, however, since my girlfriend has nightmares of the tune that plays while you're solving puzzles. I can't wait for the sequel... or the two other sequels... or the movie. Whee!

Other than that, tomorrow is a special day for the comic. I'm sure you can figure it out if you hit the FIRST button.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Fan artical! May 19, 2009 Posted by Mookie
The criminally neglected Fan Art pages have been updated once again. There's lots of awesome artwork to look at so be sure to pop your head in and take a look at these stellar contributions. Thanks to all of you who bless me with your work, and an added thank you for putting up with my inability to make updating those pages a regular thing.

Other than that, there's really not a lot to say today that I didn't say yesterday, so if you need a recap just take a look at the previous news post. It'll have everything vital you need to know about this upcoming weekend.

Short post for today, but sometimes short is sweet. Like a dwarf. With a battle axe.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
He's crazy, man! Crazy! May 18, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Like I said last week, these next two weekends mark two of the busiest and craziest conventions I attend all year. Anime Boston and AKON are right around the corner and are within a week of one another, so let's get right to it, shall we?

For those of you coming to Anime Boston there will be a number of treats. THE BATTLE FOR BARTHIS is on its way from the printer and will (hopefully) be available for your purchase and approval. There will be convention-only scarves, as hand-made by my mother. Since it went over so well last year, I will be selling the Love Scarf T-shirts for charity again this year.

Finally, I won't be in the Artist's Alley this year. I will be in the Dealer's Room at the ConnectiCon table. I've been very involved with them for years and they'll be "pimping me out" as a Guest there later this summer. If you pre-register with them at Anime Boston this weekend, there may be an added treat for you.

Well, back to work for me. I have to gear up for two insane weekends.
Rock on.
Battery charge, GO! May 15, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I'm going to enjoy this weekend as much as I can. I'm going to do my best to do as little as possible and emulate as much laziness as I can muster. Why am I going to try so hard to be such a human lump, you ask?

Because the following two weekends are Anime Boston and AKON. These are traditionally two of the craziest weekends of my entire year and this year they happen to fall within seven days of each other. I have to be lazy and unproductive this weekend so I can charge up my internal batteries to be ready for two weekends of absolute chaos. This ought to be an experience.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Metal like Raptor Armor. May 14, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I've updated the LINKS page to include some more high quality webcomics that I think you fine folks should check out if you haven't already. The most metal of these new additions, Nine-Shot Sonata, has a latest updated featuring a metal character reading a fairly metal book, but I happen to be biased about these things.

Speaking of metal and things I'm biased about, I'm very happy that Darkhawk is getting the spotlight lately in War of Kings: ASCENSION. It's a pretty nifty read so far and I've come to like the War Of Kings as a good old-fashioned cosmic comic.

Why am I biased about Darkhawk? Well, most people regard the nineties as a ridiculous time for comics, and most of those people would be right. However, I got into comic books in the nineties and there were a few heroes who were cast aside as the years went on but I latched on to them for various reasons. Among them were Speedball, Sleepwalker, and Darkhawk. Sleepwalker never really made it out of the early nineties and don't get me started about what Marvel did to poor Speedball. Darkhawk, however, has been blessed with good writers nowadays who realize he was an interesting concept and his armor looks really, really cool.

So here's my keeping my fingers crossed that Darkhawk stays in the spotlight and doesn't end up like poor Sleepwalker or Speedball.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Actually lots to say, but is it interesting? May 13, 2009 Posted by Mookie
This is another one of those news posts where I don't really have anything terribly interesting to say, so I'm going to keep things relatively short and sweet.

THE BATTLE FOR BARTHIS is on its way. It's still up for pre-order and it should be available for regular purchase by the end of the month.

I seriously cannot stop listening to Mastodon's new album, Crack The Skye. I find it impossible to only listen to only one song off this magnificent album. I have to listen to all of them.

Emboldened by the great response you fine folks have given me and the renewed eagerness of my friends (and cats) to model for me, I've been taking more photographs. Take a look-see if you're interested in my little hobby.

The Fan Art pages will be updated either by the end of this week or the beginning of next. There will be, as always, lots of stellar work to look at so be sure to check it out when new stuff gets put up!

As much as I'm geeking out about Green Lantern nowadays and the upcoming Blackest Night storyline, I'm worried that it's going to be just another zombie story. Many people like zombies. I'm sick to death of them, no pun intended. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Black Lantern Aquaman doesn't have a hungering for space brains.

And finally... um... actually, that's all I got.
Rock on.
I will not buy this Mookie. It is scratched. May 12, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I had considered Suyan's "bad Callanian" to be as bad as Donovan's "bad orcish," but I figured the young Bikta should have a slightly stronger grasp of a foreign language than the old bard.

Mistranslations are very funny to me and the more outlandish the better. My favorite example of this, and the direct inspiration for Donovan's horrid grasp of orcish, is the Hungarian Phrasebook sketch. It's a classic and I bow to Monty Python's Flying Circus, my lords and masters.

That's all from me for now.
On rock.
Smack-A-Seer! May 11, 2009 Posted by Mookie
May's Donation Wallpaper is up today, even though I said it'd be up last Friday. Turns out that Mastodon concert left me more sore than I'd anticipated. As always, if you're still seeing the thumbnail for last month's wallpaper, just hit the Refresh button on your browser and that ought to do the trick.

On today's comic, of all the times I've smacked Dominic in the mouth over the last seven years I would say that today was one of the occasions where he undoubtedly deserved it. As dearly as I love him, I think every so often every one of us wants to smack a know-it-all in the mouth, especially when he's being condescending.

THE BATTLE FOR BARTHIS goes to the printer today, so cross your fingers that nothing goes wrong. If the Gods of Good Fortune decide to give me their blessing the fourth volume ought to be officially for sale by the time Anime Boston rolls around.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Crack the Mookye. May 8, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I know I said May's Donation Wallpaper would be up by today, but there's going to be a slight delay. You see, I had every intention of coloring it yesterday, but I got a last minute opportunity to see Mastodon here in the Boston area. Naturally, I jumped on the opportunity and as I write this I am still recovering from their stellar show.

Remember how I was raving about their new album, Crack the Skye, yesterday? I was floored when they spent the first half of their set playing the entire album, song for song, note for note. I was highly recommending them yesterday, and so I do so again today. Mastodon rocks.

Oh right. May's wallpaper will be up later today. At least, as soon as I recover from the Mastodon show.

The Last Baron... Mookie? May 7, 2009 Posted by Mookie
In case you haven't noticed, I do enjoy drawing these no-panel, full page, weird looking vision strips. They're just so liberating and fun for me that I think I'm getting addicted. I always try to make them move the story forward even though I'm essentially going "Whee!" the whole time I'm drawing them.

Mastodon's new album, Crack the Skye, is certainly lending itself to the creation of these out-of-mind vision comics. This album, as far as I'm concerned, is a masterwork of progressive, aggressive, almost ethereal metal that I simply cannot stop listening to. Oh, and it kicks a ton of ass, too. Highly recommended.

And finally, thanks to all of you who had nice things to say and constructive criticisms about my amateur photography. This is just a hobby of mine, but it's always nice to share stuff with you amazing folks because you always make me feel like a million bucks.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.

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